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Fast Approximate Spectral Clustering for Dynamic Networks
Lionel Martin · Andreas Loukas · Pierre Vandergheynst

Thu Jul 12 05:10 AM -- 05:20 AM (PDT) @ K11
Spectral clustering is a widely studied problem, yet its complexity is prohibitive for dynamic graphs of even modest size. We claim that it is possible to reuse information of past cluster assignments to expedite computation. Our approach builds on a recent idea of sidestepping the main bottleneck of spectral clustering, i.e., computing the graph eigenvectors, by a polynomial-based randomized sketching technique. We show that the proposed algorithm achieves clustering assignments with quality approximating that of spectral clustering and that it can yield significant complexity benefits when the graph dynamics are appropriately bounded. In our experiments, our method clusters 30k node graphs 3.9$\times$ faster in average and deviates from the correct assignment by less than 0.1\%.

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Lionel Martin (EPFL)
Andreas Loukas (EPFL)
Pierre Vandergheynst (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

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